Two military veteran lawmakers from across the aisle joined together in a true display of patriotism and bipartisanship to “carry on” the stories of the soldiers in D-Day by parachuting together into Normandy, France, during the 75th anniversary of the invasion.
On Sunday, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), a former Green Beret, and Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), a former Army Ranger, recreated the famous jump made by the Allied Forces during the liberation of Normandy in the Second World War. Both lawmakers served in Afghanistan.
Crow had also served in Iraq and noted in a tweet that the two units he served as a part of — the 82nd Airborne and the 75th Rangers — both took part during the D-Day invasions.
What a day! Honored to have the opportunity to jump into Normandy to remember the soldiers who did the same jump 75 years ago during the Allied invasion. Both of the units I served with – the 82nd Airborne & 75th Rangers – were part of D-Day. Proud to carry on their stories today pic.twitter.com/pfCzNRvNwB
— Jason Crow (@JasonCrowCO6) June 9, 2019
“What a day!” Crow wrote. “Honored to have the opportunity to jump into Normandy to remember the soldiers who did the same jump 75 years ago during the Allied invasion. Both of the units I served with – the 82nd Airborne & 75th Rangers – were part of D-Day. Proud to carry on their stories today.”
The jump was Crow’s first since 2005.
In a statement to Fox News, Waltz recalled the experience as “deeply moving” and “unforgettable.”
“It was deeply moving,” he said. “It was an unforgettable experience to make the same jump so many brave men made to defend Europe and the world during World War II.”
Waltz also posted a tweet about the jump as well as a video in a separate tweet of the leap itself.
An experience I’ll never forget.
— Rep. Michael Waltz (@RepMichaelWaltz) June 9, 2019
Here's my view from today's jump in #Normandy!
— Rep. Michael Waltz (@RepMichaelWaltz) June 10, 2019
The Democratic congressman told the Colorado Sun on Friday that he and Waltz wanted to show “some unity and a common bond” by making the jump together and were the only two U.S. lawmakers among the 1,000 people making the jump on Sunday.
The two lawmakers leaped alongside two British World War II veterans in their mid-90s who had made the original jump into France under the cover of night in June 1944.
Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the Allied Powers’ invasion of Normandy to liberate France from Nazi Germany control.